Playing Up 2016 – National Youth Theatre


Since 2010, the pioneering and influential National Youth Theatre has run Playing Up, a 10 month accredited programme in theatre arts for young people not in education, training or employment. With an 85 per cent success rate and BAME young people making up 75 per cent of the 2016 student intake, it is doing something right.

Words of Colour Productions was invited to film the rehearsals at Arcola Theatre for two productions – Ripple and Besieged – and interviewed students, directors and playwright Aisha Zia.

Joy Francis
Adrianne Mckenzie